The text defines the roles of SLPAs and their supervisors--offering additional insight into the scope of practice of an SLPA per current American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) recommendations--and includes discussions, strategies, and examples of real-world issues, such as using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Also included within the chapters are "Things to Consider" sections, which address important factors and modifications that can enhance the effectiveness of treatment activities. For example, incorporating play, literacy, and speech sound remediation into treatment or modifying the clinical interface to enhance group therapy dynamics for children and adults.
Within the text are chapters devoted to specific aspects of an SLPA's development. Chapters on clinical service enhance SLPAs understanding of goals, lesson plans, data collection, and note-writing. Likewise, chapters on professional practice offer insight into ethical problem-solving, presenting a professional image, developing mentoring relationships, working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and the use of self-reflection for self-improvement.
Another notable feature of this text is the appendices, which include checklists, exercises, forms, and clinical tools and resources for SLPAs.
As a key resource for enhancing skills and highlighting professional practice issues, for clinical practicum training or future employment, this is a text both SLPAs and SLPA educators will want to have on their bookshelves.
Jennifer A. Ostergren, PhD, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor and graduate advisor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). She specializes in assistive technology, neurologic language and cognitive disorders, and professional practice issues. Dr. Ostergren has published and presented nationally in the areas of supervision, and the training and function of speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs). She has been appointed to serve on the Coordinating Committee for the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group 11 (Supervision and Administration) (20142016) and is a site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) (20122016). Dr. Ostergren is the recipient of the 2012 National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA) Editors Choice Award and the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Award. For more than 10 years, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in speech-language pathology, including courses for bachelors level students interested in obtaining registration as an SLPA in the state of California.
This text also describes how rapid advances in technology, including the Internet as well as new visual and auditory technologies, have not only created opportunities for Deaf people to influence how technology can be used, but additionally has become a powerful force in influencing the behavior of Deaf individuals within diverse national and international societies. This has created opportunities for incorporating diversity and international perspectives into Deaf culture. Within each chapter are multiple vignettes, examples, pictures, and stories to enhance content interest for readers and facilitate instructor teaching. Theories are introduced and explained in a practical and reader-friendly manner to ensure understanding, and clear examples are provided to illustrate concepts.
In addition, students of American Sign Language and Deaf studies will find an introduction to possible opportunities for professional and informal involvement with ASL/Deaf culture children and adults. Deaf Culture fills a unique niche as an introductory text that is accessible and straightforward for those beginning their studies of the Deaf-World.
* Strong focus on including different communities within Deaf culture
* Thought-provoking questions, illustrative vignettes, and examples
* Theories introduced and explained in a practical and reader-friendly manner
* Written by Deaf and hearing authors with extensive teaching experience and immersion in ASL and Deaf culture
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